The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

immortal life henrietta lacks

Back in the fifties, a woman had a particularly evil strain of cancer. Doctors tried their very best to save her, but she died. Also, without asking for her permission, they took some of her cells for research. These cells became one of the most used cell strains in the history of medical research. They were used to find cures for millions of terrible illnesses and made gazillions of dollars for the drug industry. Her family never knew a thing about it until they were grown up and they never saw a penny of these profits.

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